“Have you forgotten who you work for?” asked a voice in a YouTube video, allegedly a part of the ‘Anonymous’ collective, an international group of hacktivists.
The voice, accompanied by a man in a Guy Fawkes mask, also threatened war on the Singapore government, should it refuse to reconsider the regulations of its Internet licensing framework. “For every single time you deprive a citizen his right to information, we will cost you financial loss by aggressive cyber intrusion.”
This viral video, with over 4,000 shares on social channels, was first published under an account with the name “Cecilia Xiao” two days ago. It was taken down on YouTube, and later reposted on major social networks and video channels. Singapore’s flagship broadsheet paper also reported on the video, while its journalist Irene Tham called it “an attack on Singapore”, instead of the government per se.
The headline “YouTube video by “Anonymous” hacker group threatens to attack Singapore“, which could easily have been misconstrued, gave The Messiah an opportunity to attack the newspaper’s online arm. Earlier today, it was reported that Straits Times was hacked, and an article was left to commemorate it.
Here is the full article:
Greetings Irene Tham & Straitstimes.com,
I am The Messiah from the Anonymous Collective. We are a decentralized non-violent resistance movement, which seeks to restore the rule of law and fight back against the organized criminal class. We oppose any form of internet censorship among other things.
Allow me to explain our intrusion.
Earlier today upon discovering the existence of a Youtube video of ours (click here), a straitstimes correspondent by the name of Irene Tham chose to publicize an article distorting our words and intentions (click here). She chose to conveniently modify the sentence “war against the Singapore Government” into “war against Singapore”.
That in our opinion can be very misleading and unfortunately we suspect that must have been her intentions. Look what she made us do!
Irene Tham, since you had the ignorant nerve of invading our world (the internet) to speak blasphemous lies, then we took it upon ourselves to invade your tiny little space to voice our issues over a few matter. We sincerely hope you wont mind.
1) So dear SPH, in regards to Irene Tham, we will give her 48 hours to make an apology to the citizens of Singapore for trying to mislead them with her hate. In the event she refuses to apologize then we expect her resignation. If those demands are met we will be on our way. But in the event our demands are not met in the next 48 hours, we will place you in our “to do” list and next time you wont be let off this easy.
2) Next we would like the attention of the PAP community foundation that was involved with the baby scalding incident. We demand that you make known to the public your investigation details and discoveries. We advise you to do that before attempting to reappear on the internet. This is to save yourselves the trouble of taking it down again.
3) To those disappointed in us for not intervening in the Dhinesh Chandran case, allow us to explain. Anonymous have been watching this case for a while now. We feared that our aggressive protesting methods could affect the verdict of the appeal. This can be very disastrous if miscalculated. So now, Anonymous would like to appeal on behalf of the mother of Dhinesh Chandaran to the High Courts and AGC to give her the closure she requires.
Your verdict will demonstrate the level of humanity our justice system has on the low & middle class citizens. We will be watching, that we promise.
4) In regards to the murder of Tammy the puppy by Dr Esmee Koh from The Animal Clinic. All we can say to Dr Esmee Koh is that you are fucked. This we take personally and we have decided to attack you in ways you least expect. Making it a touch more personal. Stay excited!
5) In regards to CHC and Pastor Satan Kong Hee, we have time.
6) Finally to the Singaporeans who are behind us, we salute you! For the rest who are more distracted on unnecessary details such as deciphering the software we use, graphic we use or criticizing our skill sets. We genuinely sympathize with your inability to see the bigger picture and also your deep seeding insecurities. Nonetheless, we will fight on the behalf of your freedom.
The media has also misled our intentions by stating that we had plans to attack the infrastructure of Singapore on the 5th of November. That is ONLY our intention if the internet framework gets implemented. Not otherwise.
Instead on the 5th of November, we shall paint the streets red and black with our attires and when you see your fellow comrades in black and red, smile and shake their hand. Let us use that day to demonstrate our new undivided unity even in the amidst of all our differences. This is a very important stage in regaining your freedom.
Encrypted Message : 22 66 5e 7b a8 68 c9 0d f3 f0 47 c9 d2 e5 4a 33 02 be 20 f4 15 29 5e 7b 76 12 8d 5f 1f dd 59 44
We are Anonymous, We are Legion
While it might be a good day to be a Singaporean, it sure isn’t a good day to be Irene Tham. The hacker is asking for an apology from the journalist in the next 48 hours. If she refuses to apologise, she will have to resign from the publication. ‘The Messiah’ also demanded that if those terms are not met, Straits Times will have more to watch out for.
The encrypted message has been said to be a signature where if the original hacker wanted to claim some form of credit, he or she could reveal the text in plain text for recognition’s sake.
The same hacker was also behind defacing singer Sun Ho’s personal website in October.